Blogtober Day Ten: Hocus Pocus Book Tag

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Hi, lovelies! Antonia and I are here with another fun Spooktober themed book tag. Who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus? This movie is a total classic and I was excited to see that it has its own book tag. It’s the perfect post for Blogtober. I found this tag over at Romance Book Binge. Let’s get to it!

A great trilogy

Amanda- One of the best trilogies I’ve read this year so far was definitely the Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence.

Antonia- One that I’ve been most excited about recently is the Chronicles of the One trilogy by Nora Roberts. The first two books were amazing and the last comes out in December. I. Can’t. Wait.

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Winifred Sanderson: A book with a truly evil female villain.

Amanda- All I’m going to say is House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.

Antonia- The first one that comes to mind since I’m rereading it is Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She’s definitely a little crazy.

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Sarah Sanderson: A book that uncannily attracts children.

Amanda- Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chockshi is a great middle grade series that I want everyone to read.

Antonia- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis was one of my parent’s favorites, one of my favorites and now my nephew loves them too.

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Mary Sanderson: A book that is just plain silly.

Amanda- I laughed all the way through The Disasters by M.K. England.

Antonia- The BFG by Roald Dahl is by far the silliest book I’ve read.

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Max: A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.

Amanda- The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Antonia- The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast were equal parts interesting storyline and too much teenage angst.

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Dani: A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

Amanda- I just finished this one and adored it. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

Antonia- Crank by Ellen Hopkins. It was the first book I was introduced to that didn’t sugarcoat things like drugs and teenage pregnancy.

Binx: A book series that just won’t die.

Amanda- Welll, I’m currently rereading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. So, I think that’s pretty fitting.

Antonia- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is one I wish disappeared into a black hole forever ago.

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Ice: A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.

Amanda- Scam from the Zeroes trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan. He gets it together, eventually.

Antonia- Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one who definitely isn’t all there but eventually you learn it’s less her being stupid and more that she’s just crazy.

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The Black Flame Candle: A book or series you wish you could resurrect.

Amanda- I actually sort of am resurrecting this series. I just found The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and borrowed it from Antonia. So, I’m hoping to reread these soon.

Antonia- The Age of X series by Richelle Mead. As far as I can tell this series is never going past book two because of low sales and that really pisses me off.

Headless Billy Butcherson: A book that’s not as bad as people make it out to be.

Amanda- Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. I know this book has flaws, but I liked it anyway.

Antonia- Beastly by Alex Flinn. I think the terrible movie had an adverse affect on peoples opinions of the book.

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Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book: A book with a mind of its own.

Amanda- The Disasters by M.K. England

Antonia- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Garry Marshall: A book with a cameo.

Amanda- I actually recently buddy read Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum. She totally made a reference to another one of her books (Tell Me Three Things) which totally made me laugh.

Antonia- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I don’t remember exactly which books but a couple of them make subtle references to the Kane Chronicles and vice versa.

That’s all the questions for this one! We loved this tag, it was so fun to think of books for these questions. Now we’re off to watch some Hocus Pocus of course.

Now, we shall tag some lovely bloggers to also participate!

 

 

Blogtober Day One: Amanda’s Bookeyman-A-Thon TBR

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Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to say Happy October! It’s the prime time of the spooky season and I’m so excited to be participating in a Spooktober readathon that is hosted by two of my favorite bookish friends, Alana @ The Bookish Chick & Books in the Skye. I shall leave the link to the twitter thread with all of the info here. I have chosen Team Clan because fifteen-year-old me would never let me choose anything other than the Vampires. There are a few challenges that I will list below with my chosen books. The Bookeyman-A-Thon will be going on for the whole month of Spooktober. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spooky books.

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Read a book you’ve been dying to sink your teeth into – Read a backlist book:

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

You need to feed and all you see is blood – Read a book with a red cover:

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Make your immortality count and become well known – Read a book with over 15,000 ratings on GoodReads:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Sunrise Challenge: You need to avoid the sunlight – Read a book only at night:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

I’m beyond excited for these prompts and the books I’ve chosen to read for this readathon. Tell me in the comments about what you’re planning to read for the spookiest month of the year!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

GoodReads Summary:
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
Review:
This enormous book took me WAY too long to listen to. I had to request The Diviners three or four times before actually getting through the 12+ hour audiobook. I have a few things to talk about, some good and some bad.
Let’s start with the good. I really enjoyed the narrator. She did an excellent job portraying all the different characters. There were songs she had to sing and various male and female characters. I am super impressed that this book is narrated by one person for the entire thing. I liked the uniqueness of the story. It’s a really interesting concept. I also really liked the writing itself. Bray writes very well, giving the story personality. There were lots of little things that caught my attention that I enjoyed. There were quite a few supporting characters. Each of these characters got their own backstory. Bray did a great job of giving each of them a thorough background.
Now sadly the things I didn’t like we’re all of the important things. I didn’t like the characters. They were okay. I don’t actively dislike them, but I didn’t like them enough to get invested in them. Evie was annoying until over halfway through the book. She’s immature and selfish. She was also clever and determined and resourceful. Uncle Will was secretive and underestimated Evie at every turn, which was also annoying. He has secrets that weren’t revealed by the end of the book. I know this is supposed to make me want to read the next books, but I honestly can’t imagine listening to another 12+ hours of these characters running around. Despite all of the characters having their own stories and their futures intertwining, I just couldn’t get invested. The plot/storyline was interesting but there’s something about it that I just couldn’t get into. I think maybe it was the time period it took place in. During the time of prohibition, I’m supposed to believe there are all these people with magic powers and everyone’s just going to accept that? Meh, I’m not interested.
I really wanted to like this book. So many people love this story but I’m not one of them. I don’t know that I’ll be attempting to finish the series. I likely would have just DNF’d the book, but I by the time I said to myself, “why am I still listening to this?” I had waited a few months (this is all of the time combined) for it to be available at my library and I was 60 something percent of the way through the story. So, I decided to push through and finish it.
I thought this was going to be the perfect book for spooktober, but despite an interesting story idea and an excellent narrator I was not terribly invested in The Diviners even though I tried really hard to be. Don’t let this review deter you from the story though, so so many others loved this book. It just wasn’t for me.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s October Wrap Up

Hi, bookfriends! Happy Halloween! How was everyone’s Spooktober?

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I’m here today to share with you the books I’ve read in the month of October (except for whatever I read today during my Halloween-A-Thon which I’ll explain later.) I think I did a decent amount of reading this month. I’m pretty proud of myself actually considering I have a two-month-old baby and I’m taking two classes at my college right now.

So, I’m going to list the books I read by their formatting because I read physical books when I can, but I often read ebooks (at night mostly) and audiobooks when I don’t have hands available to hold a physical book.

Physical Books

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (review)
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (review)
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
The Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

eBooks
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Audiobooks
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

There were some of these that I read in more than one form. I went back and forth between eBook and physical book while reading City of Ashes, Norse Mythology, and The Bone Season. I also went back and forth between audiobook and physical book for The Hazel Wood. 

Quite a few of these were rereads in preparation for new releases like the Throne of Glass books as well as City of Ashes. I am a reader that loves to reread books, especially once the final book in the series is published.

My favorite read for October is tied between An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. These were both excellent stories that I could not stop reading/listening to until I was done with the story.

My least favorite for the month of October was The Diviners by Libba Bray. I read this because of the hype and I was looking for spooky reads. I did not hate this book, but it was a challenge for me to get through. Really the excellent narrator is the only reason I finished.

What books did everyone read this Spooktober? Anything spooky, scary or creepy? Let me know in the comments what your favorites or least favorites were!

Side Note: I may have read a few books by the time this posts because I’m writing this ahead of time. But those books will get their own post because they will be part of my 24-hour Halloween-A-Thon. Since I have a newborn and she doesn’t really need to go trick or treating, we are going to dress up as unicorns and hand out candy to the kids in our neighborhood. So I will be home all day long, I’m going to challenge myself to spend the day reading. As it will be Halloween, I’ve chosen a stack of spooky(ish) books to enjoy and keep me in the spooky Halloween spirit!

Halloween-A-Thon TBR List:

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Neverworld Wake Marisha Pessl
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I know that there is no way I’m going to read anywhere close to all of these, but I’m a girl that likes options. So I tend to make my TBR’s a little unnecessarily large. I’m a total mood reader so I like to have a few different choices already picked out. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram for updates all day long!

What’s everyone doing for Halloween this year? Parties? Trick or Treating with little ones? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.